8.17.2011

It's Looney, and It Has Tunes




I’ve been watching the new Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network.  When I saw the commercials, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I watched the ol’ Looney Tunes when I was little — so much so that I can’t stand the old stuff these days. I also saw Space Jam back in the day — and hated it, except for Lola.

Suffice it to say, I didn’t have much hope for this new series. Which means, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. The Looney Tunes Show pretty much completely revamps the Looney Tunes franchise.

I think the most interesting thing is that character personalities are revamped, but (for the most part,) not entirely. Anyone who remembers the arrogant Bugs Bunny of the 90’s will be pleased. Bugs is still the Cool Guy that everyone wants to be, but he’s not an arrogant jerk. Daffy is still, well, Daffy, but more so.  And Taz? More animalistic, if that were possible.

The Looney Tunes Show brings back Lola — Bugs’ female counterpart from Space Jam. At first I was heavily disappointed with her revamp. She’s no longer the smart, sexy equal to Bugs. She’s now a crazy stalker girlfriend. After a couple episodes, though, she started to grow on me. I’d hate to meet her or be the object of her affection, but she’s awfully entertaining and the predicaments Bugs gets into with her are hilarious.

We also get a new counterpart for Daffy. A yellow duck named Tina with a distinctly Brooklyn accent. Lucky for Daffy, she “likes the projects”. Which explains why she likes Daffy. Sort of. She’s loosely base off Melissa from Baby Looney Toons, Merrie Melodies and the original Looney Tunes series.

I think the only revamp I don’t care for (so far) is Witch Hazel. Hazel’s revamped character is now Witch Lezah, and she’s Gossamer’s mom. She looks the same as the old Witch Hazel, but that’s where the similarities end. I thought it odd they gave her an African-American accent.  If she actually looked black, I’d be OK with it, but she looks… well, like a green white lady with a big nose. I dunno, maybe she’ll grow on me if she’s in more episodes.

Moving on… each episode includes a segment with Road Runner and Coyote. The only newness from the desert duo is that they’re CG; otherwise, it’s pretty much the same old song and dance: Coyote chasing after Road Runner with insane plots, and consistently failing. At this point, I feel bad for Coyote.

Keeping with the name Looney “Tunes”, each episode also features a music video. There’s some crazy stuff here, but so far so good.

Overall, I have to give this series a Win. I like the animation style, the stories have been superb so far, and the ridiculousness of a lot of it is fantastic.